As big fans of early Twentieth Century Science Fiction, our goal at Tin Man is to create miniature figurines whose iconic looks are inspired by that wellspring of imagination. Our intent is not to slavishly follow the descriptive writings of any particular author but rather to expand upon those genres in new and creative ways and bring those worlds to three dimensional life. Beginning as a one-man operation in 2009, we have been steadily growing and due to the nearly universal positive response from the miniatures community we feel that now is the time to grow and bring Tin Man to a whole new level.
Our hopes for this Kickstarter are that it will enable us to fund the production costs that, until now, have been holding us back from expanding and fully developing our miniatures line as we always envisioned and intended it to be. If successful, we will have the means to bring nearly forty new models models into production that will satisfy the needs of collectors and gamers alike.
Information about the new Kickstarter campaign
If you were with us for our first KS, you may have questions about the changes to the way this KS is structured, but first, thanks for giving us another look.
The majority of comments we received from our backers fell into two main categories, those who wanted more of our “Princess” types of miniatures and those who wanted squads of miniatures.
With this KS, if the first funding goal is reached, we will be able to produce something of a compromise so now, all of our figures are being offered singly rather than in units.
You may be thinking that it makes sense to offer the Princess models singly but then why are the units being offered up one model at a time?
We strongly feel that once the first models in a unit are created it will be easier for us to produce the remainder of the models for the units whether we get the units fully funded this time around or not.
John Winter has been sculpting since the mid-Nineties. Notable pieces that John has worked on include the GAMA award winning Babylon 5 station from Agents of Gaming and the Hillary Clinton nutcracker (just the face, actually).
Games that John has sculpted miniatures for include Battletech, Babylon 5 Wars, Crimson Skies, Crucible, Warmachine, Mageknight, Chainmail and many others.
After a short visit to the toy industry where he sculpted toy versions of wrestlers and characters from Avatar (the TV show), Pokemon, Star Wars, Marvel & DC Comics, and many others, John returned to the miniatures business working as a freelancer and is the lead sculptor of the Tin Man line of miniatures.
Concept Art Contributors
Jason Wiebe of Reaper Miniatures renown is on board to help with the sculpting of some of the various creatures we have planned.
Our initial selection of rewards is shown below. We have been preparing this line for a while now, and have seven more figures in the works.
Additional figures will be unlocked for selection when their respective stretch goals are reached! If you are backing this project at the ART COLLECTOR level or above, you may include additional miniatures in your reward.
Under each name is the cost you should add to your pledge to add that miniature to your reward. The cost of shipping is included in the pledge no matter how many miniatures you add!
Here are the first five Stretch Goals, which unlock at the levels listed below the figure.
Now that we've reached our funding goal, the entire current Tin Man Miniatures product line is available as add-ons! For backers at the ART COLLECTOR level and above, simply change your pledge to include the price listed below the figure -- shipping is already included as part of the core pledge level that you had already selected!
Risks and challenges
Producing high quality miniatures requires a significant amount of effort. From concept art to finished sculpture and on to mold making and metal casting, each step requires a craftsman with the skills and experience necessary to ensure that the final product meets or exceeds the artistic and creative vision of ourselves and our customers.
To this end we have commissioned some of the best talent in the industry. We have many pieces of concept art already completed and several sculptures that are works-in-progress.
All that's missing is the necessary funding to get the ball rolling and enable us to go into full production.
Our company has been in business selling miniatures since 2009, and our delivery dates are based on conservative estimates of how long the entire production process should take. While delays and other issues are bound to occur with any project this size, we have factored these variables in our schedule and are confident based on our experience that we will be able to deliver our rewards on time and to the level of quality our customers have come to expect from us.
We will be sending out weekly updates once the campaign has finished to keep our backers up to date on our progress, and to give our backers a glimpse into the process of making miniatures as it happens.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Our figures are scaled so that a 6-foot tall man would be about 32mm in miniature.
The pledge levels include full Shipping and Handling, including the box, packaging supplies, and printing supplies for shipping labels.
The add-ons only include the difference in shipping that they will cost, given that the box/etc have already been covered by the pledge level.
To include an add-on in your pledge, go to the MODIFY PLEDGE button at the top of the Kickstarter page (right by the funding goal numbers), and increase your pledge by the amount of the add-on.
After the campaign ends, we will be sending out a survey via Kickstarter that will ask for a list of all of the add-ons your pledge includes. If there are typos/discrepancies (example: you accidentally typed that your pledge includes 100 Ras Kartas minuatures), we'll get back to you to make sure.
Eventually, some will be be made, but not for this Kickstarter. Making an alternative version of a figure requires a second time of going through the process of sculpting and molding and we simply won't be able to get that done until after our initial obligations have been met.
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